Parents Please Check Your Email
Parents, make sure to check your email before applying for 2018-2019 Free / Reduced benefits. Households may be approved through Direct Certification.
On-line and printed applications will be available starting at registration. Approved and denied letters will be sent through email.
Manually complete the paper application and return it to school in an envelop marked - Food Service - or mail it to:
Lake Central Food Service
225 W. 77th Avenue
Schererville, IN 46375
Free or Reduced Priced Meal Application
Children living in households receiving Food Stamps (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and foster children can receive free meals and textbook assistance regardless of household income. Other children in households with gross income within the limits on the federal income chart (listed to the left under “Meal Applications”) may receive free or reduced price meals and textbook assistance. Each school year parent/guardian may complete one application per household regardless of the number of children in the household or their attendance at different schools within Lake Central. The application must include either a 10 digit case number, indicate a foster child, OR list all household members, the gross income(s) from each household member(s) and the frequency of the pay(s).
Food Services will receive information from the State of Indiana regarding households currently certified to receive Indiana Food Stamps, TANF or Medicare. Food Services will notify these households via email their Direct Certification meal eligibility benefits prior to registration. Households approved thru Direct Certification are automatically approved to receive free or reduced priced meal benefits and textbook assistance and are not required to complete an application. Parent/Guardian have the option to decline these benefits by notifying in writing the Lake Central Food Service Office. Households should only submit an application if they do not receive a directly certified approval letter from Food Services.
For all families approved for meal benefits and textbook assistance during the 2017-2018 school year your students benefits expire on September 26, 2018. You can reapply by filling out a new application for the 2018-2019 school year. ALL Textbook fees shown in skyward will not be finalized until September 26, 2018.
There are three ways to apply for meal and textbook assistance:
OPTION 1: Online Application (available July 26, 2018)
Skyward will guide you thru the process with easy online prompts so you can complete your application. Go to LCSC.us, click on the Skyward tab and log in to SKYWARD FAMILY ACCESS. Once logged in, click on the Food Service tab on the left side. On this page, click on “Application” located on the top right to start filling out the application. All student data that is transmitted is encrypted. Parent/Guardian will be able to apply during on-line registration and throughout the school year. It is fast, convenient and secure.
If you begin your application and find you need to get more information before you can continue, you can save your application session and reopen it later. When you have completed your application you will be prompted to enter your electronic signature. Then click submit and you’re finished. To make changes you will need to submit a new application. Food Services will process your application and you will be notified via email within 10 business days of the student(s) new meal status for the 2018-19 school year.
Click here to apply starting July 26, 2018.
OPTION 2: Print an Application and Instructions(available July 26, 2018)
Print an application and instructions from the PDF files located on the top left of this page (English and Spanish available). Manually fill out the application and return it to your student’s school or mail it to Lake Central Food Service, 225 W. 77th Avenue, Schererville, IN 46375. Food Services will process your application and you will be notified via email within 10 business days of the student(s) new meal status for the 2018-19 school year.
OPTION 3: Paper Application Available at all Lake Central Schools(available July 26, 2018)
Ask for a paper application from the main office at your student’s school. Manually fill out the application and return it to your student’s school or mail it to Lake Central Food Service, 225 W. 77th Avenue, Schererville, IN 46375. Food Services will process your application and you will be notified via email within 10 business days of the student(s) new meal status for the 2018-19 school year.
If your application is not signed or missing the last 4 digits of your social security number it cannot be processed. If you currently receive no household income, please indicate zero income or include a 10 digit case number. Please plan on sending a lunch from home or money with your student until you receive a letter via email from our office. Food Service will update the student’s Skyward account to reflect the new meal status, you do not need to notify the school or the café. You will be responsible for any meal charges prior to approval.
If you need assistance completing the application or have any questions, please contact Linda or Gladys: